Quick and Quintessential Tips to Guide Your Job Search and Work Life
Job-hunting tips from the July 20, 2009, issue of QuintZine.
A recent report from the AARP Public Policy Institute found that a staggering 1.3 million people aged 55 and over are unemployed. For mature job-seekers, a rough economy, changing business practices, and increased reliance on technology can pose significant barriers in a hunt for a new career. Sixty-seven-year-old Larry Lightfoot is a mature job-seeker who met this challenge and successfully found an interesting and relevant new job — post-retirement — through a job-search engine, in this case, SimplyHired.com.
An airline pilot for 25 years, Larry decided to go back to work only five years after retiring because – after a lifetime of work — he was just tired of staying home all day. Never having used the Internet to search for a job, and not really sure what type of job he was looking for, Larry scanned various job sites (such as RetirementJobs.com) before he discovered SimplyHired.com. Larry immediately liked the filtering capabilities on the SimplyHired.com site and used the website almost exclusively until he obtained a job as a courier for a pathology lab in Denver, CO — which he loves because of its the flexible schedule.
Larry’s advice to mature job seekers is to “think about your life experiences. What can you use from your past that fits into today’s world?” He counts himself lucky to have found a fresh career that meets his needs and challenges him every day.
A recent poll by Watson Wyatt, a global consulting firm, finds that 44 percent of those aged 50 and over plan to delay their retirement, compared with only 25 percent of those under 40. Although the average planned retirement age for all employees is 65 years old, half (50 percent) of those aged 50 or more plan to retire at age 66 or later.
Watson Wyatt also reports these reasons workers aged 50-64 are postponing retirement:
- 76 percent cited decline in 401K value
- 63 percent cited high cost of healthcare
- 62 percent cited higher prices for basic necessities
Katepoo is offering a no-cost teleseminar, “Telecommute Now! How to Get a YES to Your Request to Work from Home” on Thursday, July 30, from 3 pm to 3:45 pm, Eastern Time.
“For millions of employees, a computer and a phone are all that’s needed to get most of the job done. Why drive miles and hours every day to use them?” Katepoo says.
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